Canadian man gets suspended sentence, probation for attacking Asian teen last year

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A Canadian provincial court has found a man guilty of attacking a 15-year-old Chinese Canadian boy at a local park over a year ago.

The verdict: During a one-day trial on Nov. 3, Saskatoon provincial court gave 41-year-old Todd Weber a suspended sentence and 18-months probation over assault charges, reported CBC.

  • Weber had earlier pleaded not guilty on assault charges during his first court appearance in August 2020, according to the Star Phoenix.
  • Weber, who was not held in custody, represented himself throughout the trial.

The attack: On May 22, 2020, the teen victim was riding his bike in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, when he was reportedly attacked by a man, NextShark previously reported.

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  • The teen’s father, Nelson Chen, wrote in a Facebook post that the man verbally attacked his son as he passed by him in a park behind Bishop James Mahoney High School.

(To view the post below, you must click and look through the social media platform.)

  • The man reportedly cursed and yelled racial slurs at the boy, blaming him for “spreading the virus.”
  • Chen also posted a video of the incident that his son captured while being chased by the man.
  • “My son took a picture of him, and this person chased him, pushed him off his bike, punched him in his helmet and tackled him,” Chen wrote. “My son was shaken but got away without apparent injuries.”
  • Saskatoon Police Service soon identified the suspect and apprehended him over a week after the incident.

Featured Image via Nelson Chen

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